...Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds and when they grow up, they will change the world.’
- Jack Ma
Last Friday, along with Eileen and John Gatt, I attended the school assembly at Wattle Glen Primary School. We were invited so that the school community could thank us for our donation of $5000 towards their new playground. For the school, the assembly was a routine event, but to me it was quite an impressive occasion. The entire assembly was run by two students who competently made announcements, called other students to the front and imparted information to the students and parents who remained absorbed in the occasion. It made me feel that the money that Diamond Creek Rotary gives to the local schools for their leadership programs was certainly being well spent at Wattle Glen.
At last week’s meeting, more evidence was seen of our involvement with young people. Two students from Diamond Valley College presented a proposal to us regarding cleaning up an area of their school. They had researched their proposal, prepared detailed handouts and then presented their case to our meeting. This impressed our members and hence, we decided to support them in their project.
This is just one of many connections that we have with Diamond Valley College. Our Youth Services Chairperson, Linda Gidlund is doing a fantastic job in liaising with the school and as a result there is a lot of activity happening. It seems that six students will be attending RYPEN (the Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment) and I am sure that this experience will enhance their leadership skills, develop their self-confidence and broaden their horizons.
As a result of working with the teachers at Diamond Valley Secondary College, a spin off has occurred. One of the teachers has a child at Panton Hill Primary School and she is very keen for that school to develop a RotaKids program. Linda has been working hard in the background liaising with her and the school in order for this program to get off the ground. It seems likely that this will happen in early March.
We can be extremely proud of our local schools and hopefully our contributions towards their leadership programs have some impact upon the development of the students.